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Explain One Play: Damian Jones beats OKC

Watch youngster Damian Jones get thrown into the fire in his first serious NBA game. He played crunch time and played with poise and energy, hitting silky layups, defending alertly, rebounding with hustle and throwing in a highlight alley-oop. Co-starring Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Nick Young, and Russell Westbrook from the Apr 4 2018 Warriors-Thunder game.

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As GSOM’s Brady Klopfer wrote:

The fourth quarter began to take on a playoff atmosphere, with a close game and excited Thunder fans knowing how important this outcome was for the playoff seeding. Yet as the fourth quarter wound towards a close, with important and exciting possession after important and exciting possession, Kerr decided to . . . keep Jones in the game.

The trust in his young player was surely a long-term move, since the outcome of the game didn’t much matter for Golden State. And yet, it worked darn well in the short term as well, as Jones was giving the Warriors a previously-lacking interior presence on both ends of the court.

Watch youngster Damian Jones get thrown into the fire in his first serious NBA game. He played crunch time and played with poise and energy, hitting silky layups, defending alertly, rebounding with hustle and throwing in a highlight alley-oop. Co-starring Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Nick Young, Paul George, Steven Adams, and Russell Westbrook.

Damian Jones Beats OKC

Watch youngster Damian Jones get thrown into the fire in his first serious NBA game. He played crunch time and played with poise and energy, hitting silky layups, defending alertly, rebounding with hustle and throwing in a highlight alley-oop. Co-starring Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Nick Young and Russell Westbrook. By @EricApricot. More videos and full articles at http://tinyurl.com/ericapricot

Posted by Golden State of Mind on Thursday, April 5, 2018

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